Raven 6: All Blood is Red by Marvin W. Bronson (TNT 2012)
It has taken me years to get around to reading this short western on Kindle. At around 60 pages it moves along at a fair lick and is over before you know it. It is the only book by Mr Bronson that I have, but more on that later.
The book begins with a graphic attack by Apaches on a homestead and the discovery of the aftermath by Raven. The story follows Raven to Fort Dodge, an isolated outpost under constant threat of attack. After one such attack, Raven is hired to rescue a kidnapped man from the Apaches' camp.
As well as the main storyline, alternating chapters flashback to Raven serving as one of Quantrill's raiders during the Civil War in 1863.
It's worth saying again that this book is quite graphic. As well as the violence, there are several instances of sexual assault, one being particularly disturbing.
Around 2012, Marvin W. Bronson had a fair number of books on Kindle. As well as the Raven series, I think there was a series called Sawbones, plus several others. All of Mr Bronson's books on Kindle seem to have now disappeared.
There are echoes of the Piccadilly Cowboys westerns in the single example of the Raven series I have read. The alternating storylines reminds me of the early Edge books in which the same thing happened.
Characterisation isn't a strong point of the book. Even given its short length, it is weak. We don't find out much about Raven, though maybe more was given away in other series entries. At this point I can't remember why I chose number 6 rather than starting with number 1. I did mean to buy more, but never got round to it, and now I presume it is too late.